Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
In no particular order: Time, Money, Support System (family, trainer/instructor, quick access to good vet, farrier) Found where to walk the line between needed firmness and desired kindness, some idea of your personal limitations (selecting the right kind of horse).
With my first horse, I wasn't ready. Didn't have the time or the support system in place and the line between kindness and firmness was blurry. It was a failure. But I am happy to say she found a forever home with a neighbor girl who over the last 10 years worked wonders with her.
I think you will know when you are ready because you are hesitating and questioning yourself. A lot of us waited so long to get a horse that when the situation is even somewhat right, we jump in with both feet and realize that the waters aren't as calm as they looked from atop the pier!
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer